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Augmented-Life in the Smart Lane by Brett King

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Chapter 6

The Augmented Man

“. . . the idea of the future being different from the present is so repugnant to our conventional modes of thought and behavior that we, most of us, offer a great resistance to acting on it in practice.”

John Maynard Keynes, 1937

We Can Rebuild Him

Hugh Herr was born to climb. By the age of eight, he had scaled the face of the 12,000-foot Mount Temple in the Canadian Rockies. At the age of 17, the climbing community considered Herr one of the best on the east coast of the United States.1 In January 1982, Herr and his climbing companion Jeff Batzer were ascending a highly technical ice route on Mount Washington when a blizzard set in. Disoriented and facing temperatures of -29° Centigrade (-20° Fahrenheit) and 100-mile-per-hour ...

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